Mojácar – Levante Almeriense Village
Mojácar is located to the south-eastern of the Almeria province, this town of the Levante Almeriense has a complete network that makes it accessible from all the points in the country.
The old siting of the town was in a hill next to the sea, called Mojácar la Vieja. For some historians this was the old Iberian town of Meschech or Mastia; in the same way it took in the Phoenicians, Carthaginians and Romans. The new town was called Murgis-Akras, “Murgis en las alturas”, then it would be called Mucacra, Mosaqar and Moxacar. It was in the frontier between two Roman provinces, the Andalusia and the ones from Tarragona.
In the early years of the VIII century, it belonged to the region of Tudmir. Throughout the Caliphate of Córdoba it was faithful to the caliphal authorities and, when the dismemberment of this town was carried out, it was conquered by the sultan from Sevilla Al-Mutamid. During the Nasrid period it was also frontier between the Kingdom of Granada and the one of Murcia.
It is said that in June 10, 1488, the Catholic Monarchs, who were in Vera, sent the captain Garcilaso de la Vega to speak with the keeper Mosaqar Alabez who demonstrated him that he was also from this land and that instead of enemy he was treated like a brother and allows him to follow working in their lands. The request was accepted and Moors and Christians coexisted.
With the Moorish uprisings carried out in 1568-1570, the future marquis of Torrealta was put forward as a king by the rebels if he joined together in the conflict but he rejected the proposal. The Moriscos were not expelled from Mojácar.
Among the XVI to the XIX century, it was walled and nowadays we can observe the only door that the walls had.
The symbol of the town, the Indalo, was taken from one of the figures of the Cueva de los Letreros from Vélez-Blanco. It was turned into a symbol in all Almería.
From the sixties it was turned into a tourist place by par excellence of composers, painters and artists in general, what made that the town would be promoted like tourist centre and to pass from the speculation and damages of the landscape and in spite of the speculation and destruction of the landscape it has preserved that Arab feel in the landscape.
Church of Santa María, XVI and XIX centuries. Renaissance style. A temple fortress.
Church of Nuestra Señora de los Dolores, XVIII and XIX centuries. Neoclassic style.
Puerta de la Ciudad, XV century.
The town was walled from the XV century, nowadays we can only observe this door.
Fuente Mora, XIX-XX century. Popular-historicist style.
Castle of Mojácar, XV century.
Tower. Remains of the Arab wall that surrounded the town.
Area of Belmonte.
Watchtower of El Peñón, XIII-XV centuries.
Known like “torre pirulico”, it is an old watchtower.
Found in El Cerro Cuartillas, Caldero, Cabezo de la Mata, Llano Manzano, Roja de Ortega, Cabecico de Aguilar and Loma Belmonte.
Moorish Town with an urban plan.
Barrio judío (Jewish Quarter).
Arch of Luciana.
Old washing places.
Mojácar has a simple and genuine gastronomy. With an original and marked Arab influence that gives it the especial touch of the Mediterráneo Oriental.
We can mention some typical dishes such as the Crema Mojaquera. The Gurullos. The Tarbinas. Pelotas. Ajo Blanco (cold garlic soup) and Colorao. Porridges. The “Encebollao”. Migas (breadcrumbs fried in garlic) or a delicious “Caldo de Pescao (Fish Stock)”. We can emphasize the ways to prepare the hunting meat such as the partridge or the rabbit, main ingredients of some of these dishes. Its sea products are delicious like the prawn. The gallo pedro (John dory). The valued galán. Swordfish. Sea breams. Red breams. The octopus or the fried or grilled squid with salt that allow you to appreciate the quality and taste of these sea products.
But although the sea products are important in the cuisine of this region, the farm produce such as (potatoes, peppers, onions, tomatoes, lettuces….) and its homemade production are the ones that give strength to this cuisine. The tourists are surprised when they find a series of “platos pobres” but with good homemade taste and easy production.
After tasting these nice dishes we recommend you taste some of these poor homemade desserts: arroz con leche (rice pudding), buñuelos (fritters), tortas de manteca and pork scratchings, or fresh fruits such as: oranges, mandarins, prickly pears, figs, early figs….
Mojácar has in accordance with its cosmopolitan dimension an international cuisine: Chinese, Indian and Italian restaurants….and of course the paella mojaquera.
How to get there
MADRID- MOJACAR ROAD
This route is the most advisable to get Mojácar from Madrid.
– Direction Valencia.
– Salida 177 La Roda- Albacete- Murcia
– A 31 Murcia- La Roda
– Motorway Salida 388A E15 Cartagena- Almería- Murcia
– Salida 391 Alcantarilla- Almería- Granada
– E15 N340
– Salida 520. Los Gallardos/ Turre/ Mojácar/ Bédar. You have to go towards Mojácar by Los Gallardos, towards Garrucha, by the Motorway A-370, in order to take the new road ALP818, towards Mojácar – Carboneras. You are going to come out onto a roundabout, from where you could drive towards Mojácar Pueblo or Playas de Mojácar.
BARCELONA- MOJACAR ROAD
This route is the most advisable to get Mojácar from Barcelona.
– You have to take the Mediterranean motorway until the Salida 520. Los Gallardos/ Turre/ Mojácar/ Bédar. You have to go towards Mojácar by Los Gallardos, towards Garrucha, by the A-370, to take the new road ALP818, towards Mojácar – Carboneras. You are going to come out onto a roundabout, from where you could drive towards Mojácar Pueblo or Playas de Mojácar.
Vera 17 km
Bédar 17 km
Antas 20 km
Serena 20 km
Almería 83 km
Villaricos 16 km
Puerto Rey 11 km
El Marchal 26 km
Los Gallardos 11 km